Michigan Cup Returns to Saginaw (9/27/2014)

IMG_6734 IMG_6746 IMG_6737The Saginaw Old Gold’s won two hard fought games to win their 4th Michigan Cup. Game one went to the final at bat. Saginaw trailed till the last inning, but came up big putting 3 across the plate. Jon “Game Ball” Smith (3 for 4, 5 Putouts, 2 Stolen bases, 1 RBI, & 2 runs scored) knocked in the winning run with a single. The Golds shut the La-De-Dahs down in the extra inning to win 12 to 11. Walker Tavern pounded Bay City to set up the Championship final. Walker started fast by going up 6-0, but the Golds found their way back with 3 big innings: 5 in the 3rd, 5 in the 7th, and 7 in the last inning. Richard Curry: ”All year we get the one big inning to win the game.” This one ended up Gold’s 17 Walker Tavern 10. The game ball went to Mike Endert who went 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored & played a great shortstop. John “Lumberjack” Piersall pitched all 17 innings, for the title. The season is now concluded at 25-4, a Michigan Cup, the Fudge Bucket, and a World Title. Richard: One competitive season, I’m proud of the boys.”

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com

Saginaw Old Golds Win Two on Mackinaw Island (9/20/2014)

IMG_0045 IMG_0275IMG_0142The Golds played through rain, lightning, and cold to win a pair on the Grand Hotel Ball Field.  First up at noon following torrent rains for 12 hours, was their friends from Petoskey.  The score was tied at zero for 6 full innings, before Saginaw struck for 4 in the last three innings (Won 4-0). Richard Curry, “Having beaten this team 32-4 & 17-3 showed Petoskey’s vast improvement, they will be a team to be reckoned with in the future.” Jerry “Game Ball” Endert pitched the entire game, even thou he was hit with three line shots (w/ a very heavy wet ball). Two carried the day with the bats: Wes “Red Stick” Perry and Jason Leckrone (2 doubles) were both 3 for 4.  Joel Curry made the defensive play of the game with a diving catch in center.  Saginaw lit up the Kalamazoo Continentals 37-10 in game two. The Golds slammed out 61 hits. Joel “Game Ball” Village Idiot” “Island Idiot” Curry was 7 for 9, 2 Doubles, triple, home run, 3 singles, 3 RBI’s, and 7 runs scored.  Going 8 for 8 was Mike Endert, Jason Leckrone, and Alex Stephens. Jon Smith also slammed a homer while going 6 for 8.  Jerry Endert again pitched the win.  Saginaw is now 23-4 going into the last weekend of the year. Two games in Bay City for the Michigan Cup on Saturday will finish the season.

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com

Saginaw Old Gold’s Trip Flint in 8th Inning 9/13/2014

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The Saginaw Old Golds had their hands full Saturday at Ojibway with the Flint Lumberman. Trailing for 7 innings the Golds put 8 runs over the plate in the 8th and went on to win 18 to 11, improving the team’s season to 21 & 4. Leading the way was Jon Smith 4 for 4 & 5 put outs, Joel Curry was 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored, & Brandon Daig was 4 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Nate Hall added 5 RBI’s. John Piersall (2 doubles/4 RBI’s) & Jerry Endert: pitched the victory. Saginaw travels to Mackinaw Island for two games Saturday @ Noon & 4:00 PM.

Saginaw Old Golds go 2-1 at Ohio Cup

Saginaw Old Golds go 2-1 at Ohio Cup: 8/30/2014 & 8/31/2014.
The Saginaw Old Golds went to Columbus and competed in the Ohio Cup Festival. Game one saw the Golds play great defense while downing the Ohio Village Muffins (the home team) 6 to 1. Rookie Jerry “Mugsy” Endert won the game ball for his pitching, which he shared with Ducky Mahan. Joel Curry & Mike Endert each picked up 3 hits. In game two the Golds bats went silent. They lost to the IMG_4930 IMG_4679 IMG_4797Cincinnati Buckeyes 3 to 1 (fewest runs scored in Golds history). Curry, Nate Hall, Rick Spitz, & Brandon Daig all went 2 for 2. Catcher Nate “Grizzly” Hall made a play on a foul ball that will live in the minds of those who witnessed it for time eternal. After the ball sliced off the bat to the right foul line, Nate took off like a shot, while running at full speed (at 235 pounds) , ( & grunting), he reached for the ball & went head on and through a thick boarded fence & exploded out the other side into the parking lot (without the ball). You had to be there to believe it. Game 3 saw the Golds return to form. Mike Endert & Jason “Tree Truck” “Game Ball” Leckrone (3 RBI’s) both had 3 hits each in a 12 to 1 pounding of the Clodbusters (years back they were a 3 time World Champions). Saginaw’s next 3 games were called because of heavy rains on Sunday. The only Gold to play was Joel Curry in two pickup games (one played in a down pour & one in good weather), he was 3 for 3 with a triple and 4 putouts. Saginaw’s next game & last home game will be at Ojibway Island against the Flint Lumberman on September 13th at 1:00 PM.

Richard Curry

clarrkson1883@yahoo.com

Dow Diamond Old Golds’ Game a Success (8/23/2014)

Great weather, a good crowd, a pro field to play on, and Vintage Base Ball at its best made a fun day for the Cancer Survivors of Mid-Michigan. IMG_4525McCauley’s Old Golds beat Richard’s Old Golds 12-9 in nine full innings. Devon “Butch” Funchion won the MVP award going five for five and pulling down three fly balls. Great fielding plays by Jon Smith and Joel Curry highlighted the outfield plays.IMG_4506 Wes “Red Stick” Perry made several diving catches in the infield. The play of the game was made on a great running catch by Zac Henninger in right field. A special Gold Ball goes to a player who hits a ball out of the park. Fred Bear almost did it…. smashing three to the warning track (Red Stick came  close in his 1st at bat). Richard decided IMG_4638to give the Gold Ball to Adam “Squints” “New Dad” McCauley for striking out in the game. It’s an Old Gold 1st in seven years of baseball. Ryan Dost will remember this one…forever. Fred Bear gave his game ball to a Cancer survivor last year. This same person came back and had him sign it this year. Richard: “The game is the most fun we have on the field all year.” Next up: Six games next weekend in Columbus in the Ohio Cup and a visit to the Park Street Cantina Saturday night. Yahoo Who.

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com.

Saginaw Old Golds win in Flint (8/16/2014)

The Saginaw Old Golds bats came into play on Saturday afternoon. IMG_4212They pounded out 43 hits and defeated Flint Lumber City 25-10. Nate “Grizzly” Hall & Jon “Boozehound” “Game Ball” Smith (3 Doubles) both smashed 5 hits each. Endert, Piersall, Bryce Funchion, & Alex “Shoe Maker” “Rookie” Stephens (2 Doubles) added 4 each. Chad “Shorty” Short made the catch of the game with a one handed catch on a line drive. “Ducky” Mahan & Piersall pitched the win. The team record now stands at 17-3. NEXT GAME: SATURDAY Saginaw Old Golds vs Vintage League IMG_4236All-Stars 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Dow Diamond…COST FREE. The game played in front of the Cancer Survivors of Mid-Michigan.

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com.

Fifth World Title of Vintage Base Ball Comes Back with Saginaw Old Gold’s (8/9 to 8/10/2014)

Back Row:  Tom Mudd, Harold Campau, Heidi Krenz, Keith Manning, Ryan Dost, Nate Hall, Dennis Konuszewski, Bryce Funchion, Jason Leckrone, Devon Funchion

Front Row:  Brandon Daig, Richard Curry, Chuck Mahan, Mike Endert, John Piersall, Jon Smith, Adam McCauley, Toby Larkin, Joel Curry

The Saginaw Old Gold’s have done it again. With their 4th straight title at Greenfield Village’s World Tournament of Historic Base Ball & IMG_36915th in 6 years, the team pushed the season record to 16-3. Richard Curry, ”The outfield made this happen by pulling down 34 fly balls in 4 games. Jon Smith caught the most at 14, Devon Funchion 7, and 13 by Bryce “Bolt” Funchion. Bryce caught balls that would have made Al Kaline & Roberto Clemente proud, and of course all without a glove” (& catching a hard ball). Richard “He was flat spectacular all weekend, especially in the final game where he made 3 straight running Circus catches to end Bay City’s hopes of winning”.

The Gold’s advanced to the finals by besting the Canton, Ohio Mules 15-0. They then blew away the Indianapolis Blues 18 to 3. Richard IMG_3722“We hit everything.” The final day saw them slip by their friends, the Columbus Capitals 8 to 5. Bryce made the game saving catch with two on in the last inning with an over the shoulder running catch. Game 4 saw the Gold’s defeat Bay City to win it all 7 to 4. Richard “Last year Saginaw and Bay City met in the Finals, with the Gold’s winning 23-8. This year’s game went to the final out, it was very close.” John Piersall, “Ducky” (the ageless wonder) Mahan, & Dennis Konuszewski pitched and only allowed 12 runs in 4 games. The Golds IMG_3924move on to play in Flint Saturday.

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com.

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FUDGE BUCKET RETURNS TO SAGINAW (8/2/2014)

For the second year in a row the Saginaw Old GolIMG_3534d’s won the Fudge Bucket Classic in Petoskey. Game one saw 5 Gold’s recording 4 hits each: Mike Endert, Bryce Funchion, Devon Funchion, Ryan Dost, & Jason Leckrone. Devon recorded 5 put outs and Adam McCauley 4 (one a flat out sensational diving catch across the sand). In all three games Ducky Mahan & John Piersall pitched the wins. The 1st game ended up Saginaw 14 Wyandotte 4.

Game Two: Saginaw 17 Kent 3: Mike “Whiskers” Endert was 5 for 5 & scored 4 runs. Bryce Funchion (4 RBI’s), McCauley (2 Doubles), Hall, and Ducky Mahan added 3 hits each.

Game Three: Again Mike Endert led the way, goIMG_3518ing 6 for 6 & recording 5 runs. Piersall (5 RBI’s) & Bryce Funchion slammed out 5 hits each. Jon Smith made the defensive play of the game at 3rd. Final: Saginaw 17 Petoskey 2. For the 3 games Saginaw scored 48 times and allowed 9. The team now stands at 12-3 going into the World Tournament next weekend. Game balls wentIMG_3559 to Mahan, Cheri McCauley, and Endert. The Petoskey Tournament is one of the best around and the Golds plan on making it a regular visit, nice, nice people.

Richard Curry

clarkson1883@yahoo.com

Saginaw Old Golds take Home Game. (7/31/2014)

IMG_3353The Saginaw Old Gold’s got together for one of the most competitive games of the year, besting Bay City 16 to 11.

Richard Curry “This was not surprising considering they’re IMG_3368the best two teams in the Mid-West.” The Gold’s put up a 6 run 5th inning to seal the victory. Ducky Mahan & John Piersall pitched the win. Mahan helped himself by going 5 for 5 & adding 3 RBI’s. Mike Endert was 5 for 6 with 5 putouts. Piersall (4 RBI’s), Nate Hall, & Ryan Dost added 4 hits each. Richard “Great weather, big crowd, awesome game…fun stuff.”IMG_3471

Richard Curry
clarkson1883@yahoo.com